Play Leads to Peace, Swings, Ropes and the Nature of Play

Pre-teen girl playing on a natural playground element

Winter 2016

For the final issue of 2016, we have asked many professionals and organizations to write about the various aspects of play and the benefits of play in learning, socialization and how it relates to the playgrounds that are the end result of a play obsession. As we know, play encompasses our daily routine and is a vital role in the development of children, as well as a key factor in a balanced and healthy lifestyle for all ages.

An Education in Playgrounds

The team at Play and Playground Magazine is eager to share with its readers a full compilation of issues and articles dating back to the very first issue in 2001. These articles will be available exclusively on playgroundprofessionals.com for the first time since they were published. We realized how rich in content and relevant most of the articles are today. This proved to be a challenging project, as only physical copies of the first 2 years of Today’s Playground existed and software incompatibilities kept many issues out of reach. We invite you to search through this wealth of playground information at playgroundprofessionals.com/magazine as it becomes available.

Spotlight Launch

Playground Professionals' online directories have been a large draw, providing information on the best manufacturers of play equipment and the source to find contractors and CPSI certified technicians. We now have added an important feature to the Directory, called the Playground Professionals Spotlight, a fresh approach to a comprehensive directory that offers an easy search of companies by location and category. As we put the finishing touches on this development, watch playgroundprofessionals.com/spotlight for launch information.

In This Issue...

By: Jay Beckwith
Winter 2016 Play and Playground Magazine is here! Read Jay Beckwith' featured story Play Leads to Peace... The claim that play leads to peace may seem to be an outrageous assertion but I am confident that by the end of this essay you will not only agree but also come to believe that it may be the...
By: Bernie DeKoven
When was the last time you: 1) found a set of swings that invited two people to play cooperatively? Not any fancy, computer-enhanced anything. Just a set of swings. 2) found a set of swings that was fun enough to invite almost anyone of any age to play together? Invite, not force. Gave them the...
By: Bobbi Geise
Sand and other natural features enhance a play space, inviting unstructured play that entertains children’s creative side for hours on end.Most neighborhood families had a dinner bell. Each child knew the specific tone for their bell and would begrudgingly stop playing and head for home. We had a...
By: Lukas Steinke
Google “inclusive play” or “inclusive playgrounds” and you will find pages of entries – what it is, where you can find such playgrounds, who offers “inclusive playground equipment” and more. Delve into this more and you will also find that many traditional inclusive playgrounds primarily focus on...
By: Suzanna Law
We believe that play is the sign of a healthy community. When children spend time outside, climbing trees or on their bikes, we know several things: adults feel comfortable letting their children roam, children know their neighbors, and everyone feels able to make use of public space for their own...
By: Victoria Babb
As parents, educators, and community members we tend to eliminate hardship and struggle from our children’s lives. Not because we wish them any disservice but because we genuinely want the best for them; our nature wants to protect them and make their world the best place for them to live, grow and...
By: Jay Beckwith
Imagine an infant lying on their back on the floor. In your mind’s eye watch as she works to roll over onto her stomach. Over the course of a month or so she will eventually accomplish her goal. In so doing she will have made countless attempts.Now imagine a child of a similar age also lying on the...